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Comment Re:Probably means they can track without cookies (Score 1) 48

Probably means they can track without cookies. You will still be monetized.

You use their service and you don't pay for it the conventional way. I think for people like you, there should be a paid version of Google so you pay a monthly fee to use Google services like search or they should have a pay per search query for you.

Submission + - Google reported to EC for giving 'Trojan Horse' Android away for free (

DW100 writes: Microsoft, Nokia and Oracle have taken it upon themselves to moan to the European Commission about Google’s Android dominance, which they say is an underhand bid to control the entire mobile market. The firms are part of the FairSearch group, which has just filed a complaint that Google is using Android as a ‘Trojan Horse’ to take control of the mobile market and all the related advertising revenue. Microsoft would of course know all about this, being at the end of several similar anti-competitive complaints in the past.

Submission + - Climate Change Will Boost Plane Turbulence (

sciencehabit writes: Get used to a bumpy ride. The strength and frequency of atmospheric turbulence affecting transatlantic flights will increase by midcentury, a new study suggests. During winter months, 16 of the 21 often-used ways in which scientists measure turbulence suggest that the average intensity of the plane-rattling phenomenon will be between 10% and 40% stronger when CO2 concentrations are double their preindustrial value. Accordingly, the frequency of moderate-or-greater turbulence—intensities at which passengers will experience accelerations of 0.5 g or more, which are strong enough to toss items about the cabin—will rise by between 40% and 170%. As a result of pilots needing to dodge strong turbulence, flight paths will become longer, and fuel consumption and carbon dioxide emissions will increase—possibly leading to even more turbulence.

Submission + - Fusion-powered rocket for manned Mars mission 1

gkndivebum writes: Principal investigator John Slough from the University of Washington has secured second round funding from NASA's Innovative Advanced Concepts Program to expand on their work using magnetic fields to implode metal rings over a magnetically-confined plasma, compressing it to a fusion state. The superheated and ionized metal from the implosion would be used as a propellant via a rocket nozzle. Their proposal is discussed here (PDF).

Submission + - Hyundai Unveils Its Electric Egg (

redletterdave writes: A product of Hyundai’s Advanced Design Department, the egg-shaped Hyundai E4U unveiled at this week's Seoul Motor Show is a 24-volt electric one-seater vehicle that can move in any direction, with its maximum speed topping out around 18 miles per hour. The E4U’s propulsion is controlled by foot pedals, which causes the E4U’s front to tilt and move forward thanks to its rotating front sphere and two training wheels on the back. Turning the vehicle is caused by pushing on the pedal closest to the direction you want to turn. The "E" in the E4U, according to Hyundai, represents "egg, evolution, and ecology."

Submission + - For Microsoft, going private may not be such a bad idea (

colinneagle writes: Should Microsoft go private? Don't dismiss the question, it's a valid one, even if it would be extraordinarily difficult. The stocks of most of the old guard of the tech industry have been stagnant for years, even though the companies have done reasonably well or even very well in some cases. Yet they get no appreciation from Wall Street and are taken for granted. At this point, they have to ask what they gain by being public.

You go public to have shares to trade for acquisitions. Most of the acquisitions made by Microsoft are actually very small, strategic purchases. Its only big ones have been Skype and aQuantive, and boy was the latter one an utter failure. You go public to get the attention of institutional investors and build brand equity. Does anyone NOT know what Microsoft is?

It would be difficult, of course, but it might be worth it. Microsoft has a complicated, multi-year strategy to execute. It needs time and patience, something people clearly do not have with Windows RT. What better way to execute than to do it outside of the impatient eyes of Wall Street analysts who only care about next quarter's projections. It's not easy to implement a multi-year strategy when four times a year you have to hear 'what are you going to do for me next quarter?'


Misconfigured Open DNS Resolvers Key To Massive DDoS Attacks 179

msm1267 writes with an excerpt From Threat Post: "While the big traffic numbers and the spat between Spamhaus and illicit webhost Cyberbunker are grabbing big headlines, the underlying and percolating issue at play here has to do with the open DNS resolvers being used to DDoS the spam-fighters from Switzerland. Open resolvers do not authenticate a packet-sender's IP address before a DNS reply is sent back. Therefore, an attacker that is able to spoof a victim's IP address can have a DNS request bombard the victim with a 100-to-1 ratio of traffic coming back to them versus what was requested. DNS amplification attacks such as these have been used lately by hacktivists, extortionists and blacklisted webhosts to great success." Running an open DNS resolver isn't itself always a problem, but it looks like people are enabling neither source address verification nor rate limiting.
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What Does It Actually Cost To Publish a Scientific Paper? 166

ananyo writes "Nature has published an investigation into the real costs of publishing research after delving into the secretive, murky world of science publishing. Few publishers (open access or otherwise-including Nature Publishing Group) would reveal their profit margins, but they've pieced together a picture of how much it really costs to publish a paper by talking to analysts and insiders. Quoting from the piece: '"The costs of research publishing can be much lower than people think," agrees Peter Binfield, co-founder of one of the newest open-access journals, PeerJ, and formerly a publisher at PLoS. But publishers of subscription journals insist that such views are misguided — born of a failure to appreciate the value they add to the papers they publish, and to the research community as a whole. They say that their commercial operations are in fact quite efficient, so that if a switch to open-access publishing led scientists to drive down fees by choosing cheaper journals, it would undermine important values such as editorial quality.' There's also a comment piece by three open access advocates setting out what they think needs to happen next to push forward the movement as well as a piece arguing that 'Objections to the Creative Commons attribution license are straw men raised by parties who want open access to be as closed as possible.'"

Submission + - Google pledges not to sue open source software, unless first attacked (

sfcrazy writes: Google has announced the Open Patent Non-Assertion (OPN) Pledge. In it's pledge Google says that they will not sue any user, distributor or developer of open-source software on specified patents, unless first attacked. Under this pledge, Google is starting off with 10 patents relating to MapReduce, a computing model for processing large data sets first developed at Google. Google says that over time they intend to expand the set of Google’s patents covered by the pledge to other technologies.

Comment Re:funny thing is (Score 1) 276

You're surprised that a quad core 1.4GHz processor outperforms a dual core 1.3GHz processor?

I'm more surprised that they were so close....

Quad what core? ARM CORTEX-A9
Dual what core? ARM CORTEX-A15
Does clock speed matter? Not as much as architecture when they are clocked at nearly the same speed.


Submission + - EU Launches Effort to Model the Human Brain (

Nerval's Lobster writes: "The European Union has announced an ambitious project to model the human brain. The “Human Brain Project” is one of two EU-based projects that will receive 1 billion Euros each as part of the Future and Emerging Technologies competition. The project, which is expected to last a decade, will create the world’s largest experimental facility for developing a detailed model of the brain and how it works. That could ultimately assist in the development of personalized treatment of neurological diseases, according to the EU. (The other winning project will study graphene, the carbon-based material that conducts electricity much better than copper, and also has unique optical properties.) The Swiss government and private agencies will chip additional funds into the Human Brain project’s estimated 1.19 billion Euro cost. That money will support the efforts of neuroscientist and project leader Henry Markram’s laboratory at the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne. It will also go towards the Swiss Supercomputing Center in Lugano, which will provide the chief supercomputing facilities for what Markram terms the Brain Simulation Platform."

Submission + - Evad3rs Launch iOS 6, 6.1 Untethered Jailbreak (

hypnosec writes: The much awaited untethered iOS 6 jailbreak from evad3rs has been released just a few minutes back is available on as an easy to use tool for all three major operating system: Windows, Linux and Mac. The jailbreak is claimed to be working on all the iDevices — the iPhone 5, 4S, 4, 3GS, iPod Touch 4th generation and 5th generation and both the iPad Mini and iPad 3rd & 4th generation.

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